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Japan Marks 'Restoration Of Sovereignty' For The First Time

The day marks the end of the allied occupation of the country following its defeat in World War II. The day was an election pledge by the prime minister, who in recent weeks has adopted a more hawkish security stance.
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Deadly Bangladesh Collapse: Building Owner Arrested

Cheers broke out at the scene of collapsed factory when news was announced of his arrest near the Indian border. The death toll from last week's collapse now stands at 377, and is expected to rise.
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Iraq Pulls 10 Broadcasters' Licenses Over Sectarian Violence

Iraqi officials have suspended the right of several TV broadcasters to operate in the country, as media regulators say the stations' coverage of sectarian conflicts incites more violence.
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For Afghan Policewomen, Danger Often Comes From Colleagues

Afghan policewomen face a high risk of sexual assault, and often it takes place in police bathrooms and changing rooms, a human rights group says.
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N. Korean Refugees Tell Tales of Ordinary, Desperate Lives

Sokeel Park assists refugees from North Korea adjust to their new lives in the South. He hears first hand accounts of everyday life in the oppressive country — a life that can be poor, dangerous and rigidly controlled by the state.
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The Challenges Of Making A Film In Saudi Arabia

The film about a girl and her desire to ride a bike has been well received internationally. But few Saudis have seen it because the country does not permit movie theaters.
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As The Car Market Moves East, An Extravaganza In Shanghai

China is the world's largest auto market. NPR's Frank Langfitt went to Shanghai's sprawling auto show this week, and compares it with the ones he used to cover in Detroit a few years back, when General Motors and Chrysler were on the ropes.

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